Having recently returned from Italy, I’ve brought back with me a recipe for making a perfect Aperol Spritz. Served with ice, this gorgeous cocktail is made with Prosecco, Aperol, and sparkling water or soda water. The ideal aperitif to begin your evening with.
An Aperol Spritz recipe is perhaps my favorite souvenir from my recent trip to Italy.
Last September, my husband and I celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary by exploring Venice, Florence, Rome and the Tuscan and Umbrian countryside. We rented apartments in every city we visited and lived like locals. It was one of the best trips we’ve ever taken.
I could write many articles about our glorious Italian vacation but I’ll save those for another time. Today, I am excited to share this Aperol Spritz recipe with you. This refreshing cocktail tastes incredible and is so easy to make.
What Is Aperol?
Aperol is an aperitif that is a vibrant red-orange color. It has a low alcohol content (about 11%) and is infused with oranges, herbs, and roots.
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What Is An Aperol Spritz?
My first taste of a true Italian Aperol Spritz was on my second day in Venice. My son, who spent 4 months in Italy participating in a teaching internship in Milan, raved about these aperitivo cocktails.
Truth be told, I’ve enjoyed a few Aperol Spritz cocktails here in the United States but I was never overly impressed by them. In Venice, however, I remembered my son’s enthusiasm for the drink and decided to give the spritz another try.
Almost reluctantly, I ordered my first Aperol Spritz at a sidewalk cafe on one of the back streets of Venice and I immediately became hooked on them.
An Aperol Spritz goes wonderfully with cicchetti, small plates of food served in Venice that are enjoyed with friends. Cicchetti is similar to Spain’s tapas, or Milan’s aperitivo.
Back home, an Aperol Spritz is the perfect beverage to enjoy outside on a hot, sunny day.
Aperol Spritz Ingredients
- Chilled Prosecco
- Soda water or sparkling water
- An orange slice, for garnish (optional)
- Plenty of ice
The use of club soda is debatable in some circles. Most recipes call for soda water. I mostly make mine with sparkling water because that is what I always have on hand.
How To Make An Aperol Spritz
On our last afternoon in Venice, while waiting for the train to take us to Florence, I asked the bartender how to make an Aperol Spritz and this is his method:
Feel free to experiment with the ingredients and make your perfect Aperol Spritz.
1/3 club soda or sparkling water.
Add the ingredients to a glass and fill with ice. Garnish with a slice of an orange if you’d like.
Simple and delicious.
What To Eat With An Aperol Spritz
An Aperol Spritz is the perfect pre-dinner drink. The Italians call it an aperitif because it helps to stimulate the appetite.
In Italy, we found ourselves enjoying an Aperol Spritz as a refreshing midday cocktail. It was a great way to cool off after a morning of walking and touring.
We also enjoyed it as it was intended to be, a “happy hour” drink which we sipped on while snacking on small plates of meat and cheese or cicchetti.
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Aperol Spritz Recipe
- 1/3 cup Prosecco
- 1/3 cup Aperol
- 1/3 cup soda water , or sparkling water
- 1 orange slice , optional
- Fill a glass with ice. Add Prosecco to the glass followed by Aperol and soda water.
- Garnish with an orange slice and enjoy!
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